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Tell Congress: Stop the EPA's Trojan Horse Before It Destroys Us All!

The Pebble Mine fight is not about the mine, it's about EPA's power over permits! The EPA must be stopped now!

The Environmental Protection Agency has just taken its first abrupt step in the most dangerous power grab of our time.

And it did so in direct defiance of instructions from the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

All Members of Congress must now join the fight to stop EPA’s next step!

The menace is hidden in a study.  It seems to be an ordinary EPA draft study – “An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska.”  But the study was hastily released on May 18 – despite the prohibition of Congress – and is widely assumed to be the first step toward an unprecedented preemptive veto of the proposed Pebble Mine, a project which has not yet requested a single permit, but promises $7 billion of new infrastructure in a place without a diverse economy if EPA doesn’t kill it.

The Oversight Committee has asked the EPA to answer a long list of questions about its first-time assertion of such preemptive veto power, which the agency claims is authorized by the Clean Water Act, Section 404(c), but the committee says is illegal.

EPA claims its study’s “narrow scope” does not indicate that the agency has already decided to preemptively veto the mine. The evidence says that’s a flat lie.

EPA’s quick release of its hideously negative watershed assessment – against congressional instructions – can only be seen as a deliberate and malicious end-run to rapidly poison public opinion against Pebble Mine before anyone could come out for it.

All Members of Congress must now join the fight to block EPA’s preemptive veto power!

The comment period, open now and ending July 23, has been irretrievably biased by EPA’s defiant early release of its study. With overwhelming public disapproval – rigged by the EPA and its Big Green allies – EPA will be fully justified in vetoing the Pebble Mine before its first permit is requested.

Very clever. Very ruthless. Very vicious. Very illegal.

EPA used a similar tactic by yanking a West Virginia mining permit AFTER the mine had been running for years, instead of BEFORE as in the Pebble Mine. The West Virginia mine owner took EPA to court and won. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled:

“EPA’s position is that section 404(c) grants it plenary authority to unilaterally modify or revoke a permit that has been duly issued by the Corps [the Army Corps of Engineers] – the only permitting agency identified in the statute – and to do so at any time.

“This is a stunning power for an agency to arrogate to itself when there is absolutely no mention of it in the statute. It is not conferred by section 404(c), and is contrary to the language, structure, and legislative history of section 404 as a whole.”

The case isMingo Logan v. EPA, decided March 23, 2012.

The Oversight Committee told EPA in a May 10 letter that, just as EPA has no authority to yank a permit retroactively, Section 404(c) gives EPA no authority to deny one preemptively.

Now we can see. This fight IS NOT ABOUT THE MINE. It is about EPA’S POWER OVER PERMITS.

Now we can see the Pebble tactic: Kill it before it starts. It’s like arresting speeders before they get in the car.

THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MINE. THIS IS ABOUT EPA’S POWER OVER PERMITS.

All Members of Congress must join the fight to block EPA’s preemptive veto power!

If the EPA gets away with the Pebble tactic in Alaska, EPA will have a precedent to kill any project anywhere in America. 

The Obama Administration will then possess the perfect political poison pill.

This is not about the mine.   This is about the Pebble tactic.

All Members of Congress must join the fight to block EPA’s preemptive veto power!

This fight IS NOT ABOUT THE MINE. It is about THE POWER OVER PERMITS.

Public Comments
Jun 15th, 2012
Someone from Dover, DE writes:
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The EPA is imagining they are a 4th branch of Government with power to make their own laws without any consideration of the impact on Human Beings or businesses necessary for the continuation of society. Congress must act now to fire those in the EPA responsible for these actions, making their own laws. Congress must make laws that mandate the EPA be changed to the HPA or Humanitarian Protection Agency to put Humans above animals and the environment in making any decisions. The new agency must use realistic determinations to preserve our way of life and businesses instead of destroying them.
Jun 15th, 2012
Curt B. from Zebulon, NC writes:
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It's way overdue that the EPA needs to be shut down and dismantaled. They have way to much clout and are hurting our country much more than they are helping. Big government is always bad for the country.
Jun 15th, 2012
Someone from Fort Worth, TX signed.
Jun 14th, 2012
Dom R. from Eau Claire, WI signed.
Jun 14th, 2012
Raymond J. from Torrington, CT writes:
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you people have to do something to stop all these destructive EPA actions
Jun 14th, 2012
Dorothy B. from Fort Worth, TX writes:
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Stop the EPA from another power grab --- the EPA is an unelected department under control of Congress--not a power unto itself. Thank you for your commitment to this issue.
Jun 14th, 2012
Charles C. from Woodland Hills, CA signed.
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Steve E. from Sebago, ME signed.
Jun 14th, 2012
Penny P. from Palestine, TX writes:
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The Congress needs to stand up to these Enviromental Propaganda Activists and tell them that they have NO preemptive veto power! Hopefully we will have a new President in 2013 who will defund the EPA!
Jun 14th, 2012
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Jun 14th, 2012
Steven A. from Independence, MO writes:
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We have got to speak up and get our voices heard. We must not let Obama and his left-wing green wackos take over all our rights & privelages, in the name of "Environmental Protection"!!!
Jun 13th, 2012
Don C. from Pasco, WA writes:
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It is way past time to put the EPA in it's place and stop their assault on American industry, as well as the general public.....they have been running amok for far too long.
Jun 13th, 2012
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Jun 12th, 2012
Someone from Oklahoma City, OK writes:
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The EPA is strictly about POWER over entity possible, and they need to go!!!
Jun 12th, 2012
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Someone from Cullman, AL writes:
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Stop them now!
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